Dr Eithne Heffernan

Research Fellow (Mild-to-moderate hearing loss)

Research Fellow (Mild-to-moderate hearing loss)

Eithne completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD research focused on the development of a self-report outcome measure, or questionnaire, to assess social participation in adults with hearing loss.

Eithne graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Psychology. She then obtained a masters in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Limerick (UL) in 2009. Her masters thesis was a qualitative study of the experiences of immigrants in the Irish labour market. In 2010, Eithne took up a post as a psychometrician at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), which was part of the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. In October 2013, she joined the BRU to commence her PhD research. During her time with the BRU, Eithne has received various prizes, including the University of Nottingham Graduate School Travel Prize, the Best Clinical Poster Presentation Prize at the 2015 British Academy of Audiology Conference and a Study Visit Bursary from the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group.

Expertise Summary
Eithne has gained experience of quantitative research and statistical analysis from both her role as a psychometrician and her PhD research. She has used a variety of statistical techniques, such as Rasch analysis, factor analysis, multiple regression and multivariate analysis of variance. Eithne also has experience in qualitative research, including conducting semi-structured interviews, cognitive interviews and focus groups, as well as experience of using thematic analysis. In addition, she has teaching and training skills, having previously facilitated statistics workshops and delivered guest lectures on a range of topics, including hearing loss research, health psychology theory, outcome measurement and student assessment. 


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